Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

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Since 1994, the Ginsberg Center has published the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL), which is widely recognized as a leader in the field of community-engaged scholarship.  

The journal's goals and current calls for submission are available on the journal website. Archived issues of the journal are available here

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Vision for the Journal

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is an open access, peer-reviewed journal with authors and readers around the world. It publishes research, theory, and pedagogy pertinent to service-learning and civic and community engagement. As the publisher of MJCSL, we respond to the continuously-emerging challenges we encounter in our communities by advancing innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship that informs and enhances the practice of community engagement. MJCSL is a crucial part of our mission to promote transformational student learning and community impact through campus-community partnerships. 

MJCSL is a resource for scholars, campus practitioners, and community partners. We see the journal as a vehicle to publish evidence-based solutions to the most pressing challenges of the field. As the editors of MJCSL, we continuously reflect on and refine our publishing practices to ensure that our journal abides by our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and produces high-quality and relevant scholarship.

Our Process

  • MJCSL uses a unique, double blind peer review process designed to increase collaboration amongst scholars in the field. By asking reviewers to hold conversations about manuscripts and make joint decisions, our process deepens the learning opportunity for both peer reviewers and authors, who receive focused, unified perspectives on their work.
  • In addition, we offer our authors various forms of support, including phone calls with the editors, guidelines for promoting published work, and personalized letters of support for tenure and promotion.

How to Submit

We invite you to contribute to MJCSL’s mission to ensure that service-learning, and community-engaged scholarship more broadly, lives up to its promise – for students, for community partners and communities, for our democracy, and for our world.

To read more about how to submit, please visit our website. For any questions you may have, please contact us here.